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April 18 (Bloomberg) -- Russia plans to build the world's longest tunnel, a transport and pipeline link under the Bering Strait to Alaska, as part of a $65 billion project to supply the U.S. with oil, natural gas and electricity from Siberia.
The project, which Russia is coordinating with the U.S. and Canada, would take 10 to 15 years to complete, Viktor Razbegin, deputy head of industrial research at the Russian Economy Ministry, told reporters in Moscow today. State organizations and private companies in partnership would build and control the route, known as TKM-World Link, he said.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
I've heard that the Russians have already started the construction work on the tunnel.
Originally posted by Harlequin
a great and permanant replacement for the ice bridge which costs many lives each year from truckers using it - and many more will die in the coming years with global warming and ice getting thinner.
The area is sparsely populated. The Diomede Islands lie directly in the middle of the Bering Strait, and the village of Little Diomede has a school which is part of Alaska's Bering Strait School District. The Russian side is 21 hours ahead of the American side, and so on a different day, as the International Date Line runs equidistant between the islands at a distance of 1.5km (1mi).
The area in the immediate neighbourhood on the Alaskan side belongs to the Nome Census Area, which has a population of 9,000 people. There is no road from the Bering strait to the main cities of Alaska. Air is the main mode of travel. There are a few roads around Nome. However there is no regular air connection across the strait, just a few summer charter flights. This is because of a Russian policy only to allow tourists in organized tours, and with special permit to everyone.
The Russian coast belongs to Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. Provideniya (4,500 people) and Chukotsky (5200 people) are the two areas located at the Bering Strait. These areas are also roadless.
Originally posted by CarlosG
I thought that area was particularly at risk from earthquakes.
In what could certainly be one of the boldest infrastructure developments ever announced, the Russian Government has given the go-ahead to build a transcontinental railway linking Siberia with North America. The massive undertaking would traverse the Bering Strait with the world’s longest tunnel – a project twice the length of the Chunnel between England and France. The $65 billion project aims to feed North America with raw goods from the Siberian interior and beyond, but it could also provide a key link to developing a robust renewable energy transmission corridor that feeds wind and tidal power across vast distances while linking a railway network across 3/4 of the Northern Hemisphere.
Originally posted by Alchemst7
THat would be awesome if this is successful. If it opens up where you can drive thru it, you can literally drive around the world. From New York to South Africa. That would be an Awsome road trip!!
The concept of an overland connection crossing the Bering Strait goes back before the 20th century. William Gilpin, first governor of the Colorado Territory, envisioned a vast "Cosmopolitan Railway" in 1890 linking the entire world via a series of railways.